August 24, 2017
Ngapuhi dissenters get hurry up note
The Prime Minister has again encouraged Ngapuhi factions to keep talking on how he iwi should be represented in treaty negotiations.
In June Bill English ordered the Office of Treaty Settlements to pull back from trying to restart negotiations, and offered to fund a mediator to resolve differences between the mandated negotiating body, Tuhoronuku, and its Te Kotahitanga opponents.
Te Kotahitanga has refused to talk to Tuhoronuku.
In a letter to Te Kotahitanga leaders this week, Mr English repeated the offer of mediation.
He said the crown intends to reassess its position at the end of the four month stand down, but it remains committed to a treaty settlement with Ngapuhi and is confident one can be reached.
Te Kotahitanga has called a wananga at Otiria Marae in early September to develop a vision for Ngapuhi’s future and discuss the application for an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing into Mr English’s action.
Meanwhile Tuhoronuku is seeking support to reconfirm its mandate, with or without Te Kotahitanga.
It concludes its roadshow this weekend with hui in Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.
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